A quick visit to the glen with iPhone and tripod.
Abyssinia Bothy,an abandoned building that has recently been added to the list of MBA Bothies. With planned works at the end of April 2017, the building will will be renovated and maintained by the MBA volunteers.
Fuel: Some deadwood in area however, advisable to take fuel in.
***No fire installed at the moment. Chimney blocked off. Will update. ***
Bike Friendly: 10/10.
Is it in Cowal – Yes 👍
Having visited Glen Kinglas previously a re-visit to the area on the news of the bothy project was a must.
The estate road is undulating and reaching the Bothy is no mean feat, especially with the bike.
The Bothy sits on the opposite side of the river,so a crossing was required on this visit – no idea if there are any proposals to install two wee bridges over the smaller burns.
Abyssinia in its current state.
Hopefully the Bothy will be complete or at minimum habitable by summer.
Whilst in the area I decided to head for the aqueduct that runs above the Bothy. Covered by concrete slabs, progress is easy if the road is to rough. A tour visiting the intake and outfall is an easy cycle, something different.
I shall update this post as works progress. Definitely a 10/10 bike friendly Bothy.
Photos courtesy of Andy MacArthur 👍🥃
Re-visit on a clearer day.
A wee return as in the area visiting a trig point.
Bedroom that can sleep up to 10 on the platforms 👍
An entertaining hour spent casting the net in the roadside ditches near the Bishops Glen.
Lately the ditches on the forestry road adjacent to the Bishops Glen have been re-profiled and cleared of vegetation. Whilst doing this, large sumps were dug at various locations, leaving the perfect environment for frog spawn/tadpoles and newts.
There’s certainly no shortage of both and the final count was four prior to returning them to their habitat.
……….The Gruffalo Trail.
A great walk round Arkinglas Estate today. Mainly to find the Gruffalo, but the trees and shrubs can’t be ignored.
Plenty of info on the Gardens by clicking HERE
A trail through natural woodland, with waterfalls and bridges. A great family walk situated near the West Bay, Dunoon.
Numerous paths wind their way round and up the Glen. Taking the lower paths will lead you to the bridges that span the water of Berry Burn.
A mixed route of pathways and formed steps, not forgetting bridges.
You never know…..you may spot a fairy!!!
If the kids aren’t tired after the Glen, there’s a swing park and beach close by!
Its been a while since I was last here. Last trip was well in advance of the new walkways and bridge, in fact I think it was prior to the old bridge getting washed away!!
A recently upgraded pathway , makes it accessible for all. A great walk for the wee one, with a rocky beach and Castle at the end.
A meal or refreshment can be had at Invercottage, situated at the start of the walk, although it was still shut for the season on my visit.
The Castle is currently undergoing structural works.
In summer time this place is always busy,but in winter most tend to forget about it.
At just under a miles walk from the roadside, there’s no excuse not to visit this gem of a beach.
Navigation isn’t a problem as it’s well signed and the defined path leads you to the beach.
A Golden beach with shallow waters, an ideal spot for some beach combing or a wee picnic with the family.
Took a wee drive up to Glenbranter with the family today. In between the showers we managed a wee walk.
Ok, not a hike, but with the wee one (18 months old) it was an expedition.
All routes well signposted, whether walking or biking.
A short walk and a longer carry let us enjoy the old classic ‘ chessy hunt’ . A few red squirrels spotted along with a wee froggy.